Posts Tagged ‘Communism’

News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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What’s a labor union when the boss is the government? Young Chinese workers are acting to find out.

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A facebook friend, Andrew Taranto, posted:

Ayn Rand was, at least rhetorically speaking, a capitalist and an anti-libertarian. Shouldn’t we, libertarians, regard this as significant when considering the value of the term “capitalist”?

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At the 1990 Mises University at Stanford, Professor Murray Rothbard (1926-1995) spoke on the collapse of the Soviet Union and the future for freed markets in a lecture titled, “The Future of Austrian Economics.” Educational and always humorous, he shows the flaws of the U.S.S.R. weren’t practical blunders, but ideological and methodological flaws of “planning the modern industrial State” which made its demise inevitable from the start and why compromising radical philosophy with the irrational “doesn’t work”. (49:39):

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Emma Goldman (1869-1940) played an integral role in further defining libertarian philosophy, but even more as an uncompromising activist against statist economics and the beginning of the warfare Empire. She laid the roots for a rational feminist movement when women were not accepted as capable of being anywhere near rational. Her writings and life show us that she never took an institution asserting authority as self-justifying. She was the person Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William McKinley, said inspired him to do so.

Known as an ‘anarcha-feminist’ to many, an advocate for liberty, reason, individualism, mutual cooperation, homesteading, atheism, free speech, female emancipation, sexual freedom, birth control, morally just insurrection, against politics, politicians, and the conscription of the working class on behalf of the oligarchs. A Russian immigrant exiled from the U.S. after three decades of life for her opposition to U.S. involvement in World War I. With her flaws, she’s one of the relatively few true heroes (heroines) in a U.S. history full of villains.

Part One: “Arriving in America” (9:26):

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Kevin Carson on intellectual property [sic] and Bill Gates’ view of the freed market as ‘communist’. (more…)

al Jazeera‘s indepth looks at the Khmer Rouge regime’s reign of terror as the as its chief torturer’s trial begins today. (more…)

Open Source Socialist Publishing: Peter Kropotkin, the father of anarcho-communism, turns his devastating critical eye upon the law in capitalist society, in this short, but sharply argued pamphlet. (more…)

Prof. Chomsky cuts past Sen. Lugar’s Newspeak against the US embargo on Cuba. (more…)

Portland, OR radio show interviews anarchist activist William Gillis and historian Shawn Wilbur about market anarchism, left-libertarianism,  the State’s relations with labor. (more…)

TRNN interviews NYU history professor Sinclair Thompson on Bolivia’s new constitution. (more…)

TRNN interviews NYU history professor Sinclair Thompson on Bolivia’s new constitution. (more…)

A few interesting contrasts between life in China and life in the United States as I ramble from the Chinese Yuan to Fireworks to Freedom of the Press to Global Warming (more…)

A State with nothing to spend can’t spend to stimulate the economy, no matter what the Third Way fascists say. (more…)